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Happiness And Meaningfulness: Distinct Human Conditions

While there is some overlap, the differences have clear implications for how people spend their time. 

  • Those who pursue happiness are what psychologists call “takers.” 
  • In contrast, people leading meaningful lives get a lot of joy from giving to others.

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